'Breaking Dawn' To Be Released As Two Films

Part 1 of the final chapter is set for release on November 18, 2011.

Confirming what many have speculated for months, Summit Entertainment officially announced Thursday (June 10) that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will be released as two separate films. The first of the two films is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 18, 2011. The release date for the second film was not announced.

With one major question answered, a few others have been raised. Specifically, where will the filmmakers choose to end the first film and begin the second? Will either film jump on the increasingly popular 3-D bandwagon?

Academy Award winner Bill Condon has signed on to direct both films, and after negotiating their various contracts, all the main players will be back — Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz — to finish the final chapter of the hugely popular franchise.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who has written all the "Twilight" films thus far, is writing both parts of "Breaking Dawn." Rosenberg promised fans earlier this year that despite the book having graphic scenes of childbirth and sex, "Breaking Dawn" will be rated PG-13.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will start production in the fall. The third film in the series, "Eclipse," is due in theaters on June 30, 2010.

What do you think of "Breaking Dawn" being separated into two films? Where should part one end and part two begin?

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